May 22, 2021
Artist Krista Svalbonas joins Artistic Director of East Wing in Doha, Qatar, Peggy Sue Amison, for an in-depth discussion on Svalbonas’s series What Remains (2020–), which is included in FotoFest’s current exhibition, Public Life: Home and the people who live there.
Svalbonas’s series What Remains (2020–) is comprised of black and white architectural photographs of Soviet-era residential buildings in Latvia and Lithuania overlain with traditional Baltic textile patterns. Weaving these patterns was an important and defiant act during Soviet occupation, done despite the regime’s attempts to suppress Baltic cultures. By juxtaposing the textile patterns with Soviet structures, Svalbonas proposes that the forced imposition of politically-motivated cultural ideology is oppressive, leaving little room for personal and traditional expression. For the artist, the textiles are a reminder of the ways in which those who are forced to live within strict political boundaries can resist hegemony and hold on to their personal cultural identities.
A live Q&A with the audience will follow the discussion. Questions may be submitted via the chat interface on Zoom or YouTube.
This event will be broadcast live on Zoom and on FotoFest’s YouTube Channel. Advanced registration is required to attend the Zoom webinar. To watch the event via YouTube, visit www.youtube.com/fotofestintl.
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